NCoS talks about the participation of Chidinma Ojukwu – Channels Television

This photo shows Chidinma Ojukwu (middle) and other beauty pageant contestants.

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has reacted to concerns expressed in some quarters over the recent events that took place at the Kirikiri Female Custodial Center in Lagos to mark International Women’s Day.

Earlier in March, a beauty contest was held at Kirikiri Correctional Center and saw murder suspect Miss Chidinma Ojukwu emerge as the winner.

The contest sparked heated debates in various fields, while some argued that rights come before morality in law, others questioned the justification for including Chidinma in such activity without regard to emotions from the late Super TV CEO’s family that she would have. murdered, especially when the case against the accused is still before the courts.

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Wading through this controversy, the NCoS, in a statement by its spokesperson, Francis Enobore, expressed deep regret for the unintended interpretations the competition has elicited.

Enobore, arguing for the competition, said psychosocial engagements have traditionally been part of Service inmate treatment regimens designed to provide the emotional stability needed to promote inmate total well-being and enhance safe custody.

“It should be recalled that several internationally renowned celebrities and entertainers such as Sam Okposu, Oyenka Owenu, Pasuma, Denrele, Lamboginny, to name but a few, have performed lavish concerts in the men’s detention centers of Kirikiri and Ikoyi to celebrate with the detainees regardless of their status.

“In the year 2000 to be precise, Channels Television covered a musical concert for male inmates at Ikoyi Detention Center. “Lagos State, praised the performance of the inmates and commended the staff for their efforts. The intention was never to glorify or heroize crime.

“These events, beyond the venial of entertaining criminals and suspects, provide a means of generating actionable intelligence to solve some thorny issues under investigation and the intelligence community has individually benefited from this service.

“The beauty pageant in question was part of a series of events that featured contests in dancing, singing, bead making, costume design, etc. Other prizes were won by other inmates also accused of heinous crimes.Apart from creating a relaxed atmosphere for inmates, the awards do not confer any rights or privileges on any of the applicants.

“Furthermore, the event was for internal consumption in the prison environment and was never intended to be widely publicized.

“It was also insinuated that male detainees were deliberately kept in unsanitary conditions, compared to detention centers for women generally considered exceptionally clean.

“It is no longer news that women make up less than 1.5% of the total inmate population of around 70,000 in the country.

“Therefore, the overcrowding and resulting chaos is found exclusively in male detention centers due to the strain on the infrastructure,” Enobore explained.

The NCoS said it was very sensitive to the plight of the victims and their families and would never do anything to undermine that.

Enobore said the Service believes that controlled social engagements do not interfere with the trial of cases in court, as activities within detention centers do not affect the evidence needed for cases to be tried.

While identifying with the Atagas in their time of mourning, the NCoS said it would do everything in its power to assist the course of justice in uncovering those responsible for this despicable act.

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